Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, Louisville Nature Center offers a tranquil escape from urban sprawl. At its 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, more than 2 miles of hiking trails wind past a verdant forest populated by 180 species of tree, shrub, and wildflower. The latter blooms in a native pond and garden, and dragonflies and 30 butterfly species in other gardens pay homage to Lord of the Flies by trying to collectively lift a conch. More creatures soar skyward inside one of Louisville's only bird blinds, where visitors can watch 150 species of resident and migratory birds fluttering about.
After exploring on their own, guests can relax on one the picnic tables or beneath the covered gazebo before joining in on special events such as owl hikes. Youngsters, meanwhile, can discover more nature factoids at summer camps, educational programs, or birthday parties, which include guided hikes and live animal presentations.
Velocity Sports Performance offers a variety of programs that are taught by exercise physiologists, tailored to an athlete's individual needs, and held in a small group setting. Although each program is different, all primarily focus on improving speed, power, and agility. For active adults looking to be challenged, try five adult sessions ($125). Ages 12 and up can opt for the developmental program ($250/month), which includes two sessions per week. Youth-centric training ($175), which focuses on honing correct skills (running technique, coordination), works to establish a proper fitness foundation. Like babies, no two sessions are the same. After time, participants reduce injury risk, boost flexibility and power coordination, and whittle down fat. Determine your perfect program from Velocity's full catalog of courses.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal is valid for either rhythm-building music classes or Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule), 20% off coupons to several children’s clothing stores, and $20 off of a Gymboree birthday party (party must take place during your enrollment).
Whether planning a child’s birthday or seeing if a bouncy ball can ricochet forever, Heads Up Inflatables provides the final ingredient for nonstop fun. Besides fanciful castles complete with colorful spires, and blowup playgrounds adorned with Nemo and Shrek, the good-time gurus supply both dry- and water-slides brought to life with air. Setup and takedown is included with all rentals.
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft collects and displays works by the state’s artsy residents and nurtures creative inclinations with art classes for kids and adults. A family membership grants free access to the museum's permanent collection, which holds works by such Kentucky artists as Marvin Finn and Rebekka Seigel. Members can also attend openings of special exhibits, such as the upcoming Big Idea : small package challenge, which dared and, in some cases, double-dared local artisans to craft a tiny piece of art no larger than one cubit cubed. At a discounted rate, budding Botticellis can enroll in creativity-sparking classes such as textiles and origami courses as well as children’s summer camps and special-needs classes for adults on bookmaking and watercolor painting. A 10% discount in the gallery store, meanwhile, lets members support local artists and acquire conversation-provoking pieces with which to adorn coffee tables, mantles, and inflatable sideboards.